Issues: Education

Endangering the Welfare of a Child

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: May 26, 2011Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

*PRESS RELEASE*

Senator Huntley Acts to Protect New York’s Youth; Bill Increases Punishment for Repeat Offenders

Advocates passage of legislation making Endangering the Welfare of a Child Class E felony

May 25, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Most Holy Rosary School at the Capitol.

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Most Holy Rosary School at the Capitol.

May 25, 2011
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Hundreds Brave Torrential Rains to Fight Planned Cuts to Downtown After-School Programs

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Budding Comedians, Artists, and Athletes to Be Sidelined as Latch-Key Kids

By Dianne Renzulli

May 19, 2011

On Wednesday afternoon, a packed auditorium at P.S. 89/I.S. 289 cheered for politicians, Manhattan Youth organizers and students who rallied the crowd against City and State funding cuts that would eliminate after-school programs at I.S. 289 and P.S. 150 in 2012.

May 25, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Faith Heritage School at the Capitol.

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Students from Faith Heritage School at the Capitol. 

May 25, 2011
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Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Ed Smith Student Council Members at the Capitol.

Senator DeFrancisco Visits with Ed Smith Student Council Members at the Capitol.

May 25, 2011
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Syracuse Resident Mary Nelson is NY Senate “WOMAN OF DISTINCTION”

State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) named Mary Nelson, of Syracuse, as the 49th Senate District’s “Woman of Distinction” as part of the New York State Senate’s 14th Annual 2011 Women of Distinction celebration. 

May 24, 2011
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Senate Education Committee Examines Teacher Discipline Process

In an effort to streamline the teacher discipline system to protect educational quality for students across the state, Senator John Flanagan, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, convened a hearing of the New York State Senate Education Committee to examine the current system.  The “Due Process Teacher Discipline Without Delay: Reforming Section 3020-a of the Education Law to Meet the Needs of the 21st Century” accepted testimony from interested parties in an effort to examine how New York State can reform the system to provide the appropriate discipline for educator misconduct as well as the appropriate protection for those wrongfully accused.

May 24, 2011
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Statement From Senator Patrick M. Gallivan Regarding Potential Property Tax Cap Agreement

"Western New York’s property tax burden is among the highest in the nation; forcing families to leave their homes, business to relocate, and our children to seek futures elsewhere. Passing legislation to cap property taxes at two-percent was one of the first actions my Senate colleagues and I took this year.

Now, nearly four months later, the Assembly has joined the discussion by agreeing to a property tax cap framework largely mirroring legislation passed earlier this year in the Senate. This is a very encouraging development.

May 23, 2011
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5/24/2011: Janice Sara Reiff Resolution

LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION mourning the death of Janice Sara Reiff, distinguished citizen and devoted member of her community WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to pay  tribute  to citizens  of  the  State of New York whose lifework and civic endeavor served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great State of New York; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is moved to mourn the death of Janice Sara Reiff,  distinguished citizen and devoted member of her community; and

WHEREAS, Janice Sara Reiff was born in the Bronx, New York, on July 8, 1949, to Lillian Boshes and William Reiff; and

May 23, 2011
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ST. ANSELM'S STUDENT NAMED “SENATOR FOR A DAY” IN ANNUAL CONTEST

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, 22nd District), hosted his 9th Annual “State Senator For A Day” essay contest ceremony last week at Public School 204 in Brooklyn and is announcing that Samantha Najjar of the 7th Grade at St. Anselm's Roman Catholic School was the winner. Sophia Cappellini of the 8th Grade at Visitation Academy was the second place winner and Viktoria Guzak of the 8th Grade Intermediate School 259, William McKinley Junior High School, was the third place winner.

May 23, 2011
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Senator Martins Celebrates International Culture at Elmont Memorial High School

Hundreds of students and community members jammed Elmont Memorial High School’s gymnasium this past Friday evening to celebrate “International Night!“ The evening is a celebration of community, diversity and culture. From the shores of Jamaica and Haiti to India, Dominican Republic, Nigeria, Barbados, Mexico and everywhere in between, food, fun and fashion ruled the evening. Senator Jack M. Martins was invited to the celebration and was welcomed to the evening of culture by Principal John Capozzi and students led by Kyle Johnson, Candice Chatterpaul, Ben Odugbesan, Elijah Ross and organizers.

May 23, 2011
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Senator Martins Presides as Judge in Manorhaven School Mock Trial

A classroom in the Manorhaven School in Port Washington served as a court room on Friday, May 20 as the fifth grade Manorhaven Mock Trial Team conducted a civil trial complete with witnesses, exhibits and complete New York State Civil Procedure.

The case involved a woman, Jo Moncrieff, who was denied a position as a news field producer for a television station. The Plaintiff Team argued that the woman was the best qualified candidate but was denied the position because she is in a wheel-chair and was thus discriminated against. The Defense Team argued that the woman was not the best qualified candidate since the position of in-field news producer required the candidate to be able to get around quickly.

May 23, 2011
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Tax Cap Now!

The Long Island state senate delegation gathered in Bayport Thursday afternoon to pressure their Democrat colleagues in the state Assembly to approve legislation that would cap property tax increases at two percent.During a press conference at the home of Richard and Joanne Curley, the Senators said the property tax cap would help ease the burden on homeowners across Long Island.Senate officials said the Curley's home was selected because it is representative of the tax burden facing homeowners in Nassau and Suffolk counties. According to Joanne Curley, the property taxes on her family's home have risen from slightly more than $6,000 eight years ago to more than $11,000 today.

May 19, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Education Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Education Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Room 124 CAP

May 24, 10:00 AM - 10:05 AM
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SENATE PASSES ACADEMIC RESEARCH INFORMATION ACCESS ACT

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) announced that he and his colleagues in the New York State Senate passed legislation May 17th that would enable public and private academic and research libraries in New York State to create an information infrastructure unequaled in the world.

Known as ARIA, the Academic Research Information Access Act (S.3736-A), leverages the state’s public and private higher education sector – arguably the largest and most diverse in the nation – to facilitate collaboration and efficiencies by providing for the voluntary pooling of assets in order to obtain access to high-end electronic, peer-reviewed, information resources such as journals, serials, and databases.

May 19, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE HOSTS EDUCATIONAL SUMMIT

Senator Patty Ritchie hosted Senate Education Committee Chair John Flanagan for a two hour discussion with school superintendents, school board members and BOCES officials to talk about education.

Senator Flanagan assured school officials that even though he represents part of Suffolk County, he understands and supports providing additional aid to rural school districts in Central and Northern New York. He told the school officials he understood that school districts in Senator Ritchie and Senator Joseph Griffo's districts have lower property wealth, higher needs, and lower incomes than communities he represents.

"I get it," he told the school officials.

May 18, 2011
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Senator Martins Visits Barry Tech in Westbury

Senator Jack M. Martins visited Barry Tech in Westbury recently to learn about the programs offered to the students. The Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Center allows students to learn skills to enhance their high school experience. The school, which is a part of Nassau BOCES, prepares juniors and seniors for college and for the workforce by providing them with specialized training in a vast array of fields.

Senator Martins toured the school, visiting the cosmetology, graphic design, television, cooking, veterinary science, welding, piloting and forensic science classes.

May 18, 2011
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